de Bana

Jury member of Benois de la Danse

Benois de la Danse nominee

Dancer, choreographer, international star.

Born in Hamburg to a German mother and a Nigerian father, he began his dancing career with the Hamburg Ballet under the direction of John Neumeier and Truman Finney. In 1987, he became the premiere of Maurice Bejart's Lausanne Ballet.

Since 1992, for more than 10 years, the premier of the Companhia Nacional de Danza in Spain under the leadership of Nacho Duato. His repertoire includes choreography by Nacho Duato, Jiri Kilian, Ohad Naharin, William Forsyth, Mats Ek, Hans van Manen and others.

In 2003, Patrick de Bana created his own company Nafas Dance and toured the world as a guest artist. The Spanish director Carlos Saura invited him to his films Iberia (2004) and Fados (2006). He participated in art projects with Manuel Legri, Agnes Letestu, Aurelie Dupont, Eleonora Abbagnato, Friedman Vogel, Mizuka Ueno, Farukh Ruzimatov, Ilse Liepa and other stars.

He has staged ballets: Marie Antoinette (Vienna State Ballet), Sacred Spring, Ludwig II and Games of the Winds (Shanghai Ballet), Broken Wings (Hamburg Ballet), Medea (Festival Un Violin de Sable), The Call of the Steppe (Astana Opera), Notre Dame de Paris (Liaoning Ballet), Games of the Wind (Colon Theater, Buenos Aires), Minotaur (Bolshoi Theater of Russia), etc.

Patrick de Bana choreographed for many stars of modern ballet such as Svetlana Zakharova (Lost Heaven, 2015), Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nunez, Manuel Legri, Mathieu Ganio, Herve Moreau, Roberto Bolle, Edward Watson, Vadim Muntagirov.

Was nominated for the Benois de la Danse Prize for the production of Marie Antoinette at the Vienna State Ballet in 2012.